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Guidance for current RCMJD students

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The RCM Junior Department returned to a blended learning programme from Saturday 13 March, in order to deliver the safest and highest-quality learning experience for all RCMJD students. The health and wellbeing of our community continues to be our top priority.

We are maximising the amount of on-campus music-making we can offer whilst keeping all our students and staff safe. RCMJD parents should refer to the Blended Learning Guide sent on 4 September 2020 for further information. Regular updates about our musical activities will be provided in our weekly e-shot, sent via email every Thursday during term-time.

We continue to follow developments in government policy and advice from music industry professionals to ensure that all in-person musical activities are planned with safety in mind.

Please note, in line with government guidelines for schools, no parents or visitors will be allowed on campus unless they have a pre-arranged appointment with the Head or Assistant Head of Junior Programmes or a member of the JD admin team. Currently, parents are not able to attend instrumental lessons.

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The RCM has plans in place for a number of scenarios including coronavirus cases on campus and changing government restrictions. The following plans are in line with guidance from the UK Government.

RCM students, RCMJD students, professors and staff members who experience symptoms of Covid-19 must self-isolate, notify the RCM using the Covid self-reporting form and book a test.

Complete Covid self-reporting form

In the instance of confirmed or suspected cases, the RCM will communicate with individuals directly. No wider communications will be sent to the College community. Students and staff who are self-isolating will be fully supported by the RCM.

In the event of several confirmed cases at the College, action may be taken to further reduce activity on campus. Operational changes will be communicated via RCM Notices so please continue to check your College email.

What should I do if I have Covid-19 symptoms?

If you experience symptoms of Covid-19, you should take the following steps as promptly as possible:

If you think another student or member of staff might have symptoms, you should encourage them to do the same.

Complete Covid self-reporting form

1. ISOLATE

Government guidance requires that anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, or anyone who has received a positive test result, must self-isolate.

If a member of your household experiences symptoms or has a positive Covid-19 test, all members of that household must self-isolate for 14 days, unless they receive a negative test result and isolating is no longer necessary.

Those who have been in close contact with someone showing symptoms should also self-isolate if advised to do so by NHS Test & Trace, unless they receive a negative test result. Close contact means:

  • direct close contacts – face-to-face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 meter, including being coughed on, a face-to-face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
  • proximity contacts - extended close contact (within 1 to 2 meters for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
  • travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person

2. NOTIFY

You must complete the RCM Covid self-reporting form.

This means we can take prompt action to request any additional cleaning, notify household members and provide support. This also means we will have early awareness of possible and confirmed cases, and can put in place additional measures if needed.

Complete Covid self-reporting form

3. TEST

If you think you have Covid-19, you should book a free test through the NHS. If you drive, you will be directed to the NHS drive-in testing facility. For those who do not drive, the NHS will mail you a self-testing kit.

You should continue isolating while waiting for your test results.

The Royal College of Music has undertaken all necessary risk assessments for reopening the RCM, maintaining social distancing and other public safety measures.

Learning and teaching

Will there be opportunities to perform?

Our highly popular performance platform sessions continue to run weekly. Performance platform offers our students the opportunity to perform informally to a small audience and receive constructive feedback. Online Singers' Repertoire Classes will continue to take place at 4pm on Saturdays.

We also plan to run the final rounds of our three performance competitions (for students in years 3-8, 9-11 and 11-13/extension year) live on campus during the summer term, with an opportunity for each competitor to rehearse in-person with an accompanist beforehand. Full details of arrangements will be shared with competitors as they become available.

Additionally, we continue to make arrangements for ensembles and individuals to record performances to be shared with the RCMJD community.

How will the orchestral programme work for the spring term?

Orchestral sessions have been running digitally for the initial part of the spring term; on-campus rehearsals will be scheduled alongside other in-person activities from 13 March where practical. Other rehearsals will continue to take place online.

How will I know when my child needs to come to campus?

We understand that parents need to plan travel to London very carefully. We will let you know what time your child needs to come in via our regular e-shots which are sent to parents every Thursday. We will always give you plenty of notice regarding musical activity on the RCM campus.

Will there be any one-to-one teaching on campus in the spring term?

Teachers can offer one-to-one instrumental lessons on campus from 13 March, by mutual agreement with parents. We are encouraging teachers to configure timetables so that lessons happen when students are on campus for ensemble sessions.

Please note that your child does not have to attend one-to-one lessons on campus if they do not wish to do so; they will be offered a digital lesson instead. Teachers will discuss any plans for lessons on campus directly with parents in the first instance. The number of rooms available each week for individual lessons is limited, so teachers are unlikely to be able to offer to teach one-to-one lessons on campus every week. 

Further questions

The JD team work from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Any queries should be sent to the JD team at jd@rcm.ac.uk. If you would prefer to speak with someone on the telephone, John Mitchell (known as ‘Mitch’) is available on 020 7591 4345 during normal office hours Wednesday to Saturday.

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